Thanks for your interest in our research group. We ask research assistants to make a two-semester, 8-10 hour per week commitment when they join our group. Schedules and tasks vary by research project. We only have volunteer positions available at this time. Current projects are described below - the application form is at the bottom of the page.

Understanding Waiver of Counsel in Juvenile Court

The goal of this study is to examine age-based differences in knowledge regarding the role of counsel, presumptions about counsel, and maturity of judgment when making decisions about whether to waive the right to counsel. This study uses a semi-structured interview to assess parent and youth capacities and beliefs about the right to counsel.

Research assistants will be involved in (1) training on the interview protocol, (2) traveling to data collection sites to interview youth and parents involved in the juvenile justice system, (3) data entry and cleaning, and (4) basic project management and organization.

Research assistants must have at least one weekday and one weekend day in which they have a 4-5 hour block of time available to travel to the interview site and conduct interviews.  These blocks of time could be during the work day (9-5) or evening (5-9).

 

Evaluation of Therapeutic Intervention for Veterans and Members of the Military

The overarching goal of this study is to examine whether taking part in group cycling during Ride 2 Recovery’s Challenge events provide therapeutic value for active duty military and Veterans. Ride 2 Recovery is endorsed by the Fitness Challenge, a (501c3) in partnership with the Military and VA Volunteer Service Office to benefit mental and physical rehabilitation programs for our country’s wounded veterans and healing heroes that features cycling as the core activity. Ride 2 Recovery is comprised of a three- to four-day bike ride (referred to as the R2R Challenge) events that cover 350-450 miles. This study will examine first-time riders.

Research assistants will be involved in (1) administering the survey online to study participants through Qualtrics software, (2) Entering data into Qualtrics; (3) using qualitative analysis software to describe the therapeutic activities used during the rides; (4) conduct basic descriptive analyses.

 

Understanding parent and citizen perspectives on DC School Boundary Changes

The goal of this study is to document concerns and themes emerging from citizen input to the Mayor's Advisory Committee regarding pending boundary changes and attendance areas for D.C. K-12 schools. This project will analyze data from a series of focus groups with DC citizens conducted by the 21st Century School Fund and the DC Deputy Mayor of Education across all 8 wards of the city.

Research assistants will be involved in (1) learning to use qualitative analysis software, and (2) coding focus group notes and transcripts for themes and ideas. 

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